Hi, friends! In this post I’m going to go over what props I used in my newborn photoshoot with Rowan, how I made them, and how to prepare baby for the photoshoot. My daughter, Rowan, was 2 weeks late (born over Memorial Day weekend), so I was on maternity leave with NO baby. It was absolute torture, and I was going crazy! I needed to do SOMETHING other than just wait and wait for her to show up. One thing I did (in addition to eating spicy foods and going on a ten mile walk) was DIY my own newborn props for her first photoshoot. Some of my favorites are pictured below:
When Rowan was born I had little to no photography experience, and I shot most of my pictures on my iPhone. I did have a family member take some with a nice DSLR camera though. See the photos my cousin, Samantha Ledford took below:
Props List and Materials
To make the flower crown I bought a floral ring from my local craft store. I wrapped it in green floral tape, arranged my flowers and hot glued them on. It was super easy to make and took about an hour. I personally love the wild flower look, though another popular choice is large, bulbous flowers.
Wings and Headband
These feather wings were an AMAZING find in the infant section of my local craft store. They were even on sale when I bought them! The headband is an elastic lace found in the ribbon section. I got matching broaches to tie them together. I even reused this prop when Rowan was a little older at her First Christmas photoshoot. Check it out!
The story of how this prop came to be cracks me up. See, I like to do everything on a budget, and I spent $0 on this prop!
I found these lace curtains in my parents’ basement along with a hula hoop. For coloring purposes, I wrapped the hula hoop in masking tape so you didn’t see blue sparkles under the lace. I broke the hula hoop open so I could get the curtains one, and once I had the curtains in place, I then put a zip tie around the hula hoop to close it back together. I tied some lace to the top so it could hang. My next step involved pinning back back some lace to create a window or a frame. To finish the look, I tucked some flowers in the top above the hoop, and it was as good as done!
We repurposed this one too! This canopy currently hangs in Rowan’s reading corner in her room, and she loves it!
Beginning with a large grapevine wreath, I bought some garland from the floral section and laid it on top. I fastened it with some floral tape, and it took all of ten minutes! I placed a neutral colored blanket in the middle, and it was photo ready!
Preparing for the Newborn Photoshoot
The best time to do a newborn photoshoot is within their first 14 days of life. After all, they only stay this little for so long! The time of day totally matters too. Be sure baby is well fed, and ready for a nap. You’ll get the best shots while they’re sleeping and enjoying their full belly. Set up shop in a well lit room in your home. Remember, natural lighting is ideal for photography. Find a nice bright, clean, and neutral background. If baby is going to be naked in any of the photos, have a space heater in the room, or have them wrapped up in a blanket. Keeping them comfortable is key!
My quick set up involved draping a white quilt over top of our sofa with the Boppy pillow underneath. I positioned Rowan in the pillow accordingly. This set up was used in our monthly milestone photos, as well as adorable newborn Instagram pictures. We took a few pictures on Memorial Day (the day after we brought her home) with this setup. Look at how it turned out!
PS. I LOVE to use banners as props!
I’m due in 9 weeks with Rowan’s little sister, so it will be fun to see these props resurface in her newborn photoshoot. Maybe I will even have some new ones to add to the list! More on that to follow!